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COURTS   OF   PARIS,   NAPLES,   ETC.                145

assist them. It is well I had Sir S. Smith's busi-
ness to occupy me, or I should have seche sur
pied for want of employment.

I hear frequently from Le Moine, in better
English than he used to write. By his account
he is very decently provided for from his little
estate. What a new race is now in possession of
France! But I think that in a generation or two,
a, quelque chose pres, the people will be just like
their predecessors. It will require great efforts to
re-establish an appearance even of morality, decency
and probity, which was nearly the sum-total of
what existed before. At the present crisis, im-
morality is at its height. Education and laws
well enforced may bring things back to order; but
I look upon the younger part of the generation—
I mean such as were about seventeen at the
beginning of the Revolution — as irretrievable.
Very little can be expected even from those
who are now of that age. Future good citizens
and men of honour can only be hoped for from
the number of those who are now ten years

I think there is such a lassitude in the whole
nation, such a horror of being forced to fresh
exertions of any kind, that those who at present
rule will find it an easy matter to prevent any

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